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majority leader mitch mcconnell said there is still time to work out a deal. however, there is no firm evidence of any real plan. here is what we do know tonight. president obama cutting his vacation short arriving back in washington today. house lawmakers announcing late today they are now planning to return on sunday. but listen to the rhetoric. and you have to question whether that will do any good because near early everything that is coming out of d.c. is about blame. not answers. >> speaker boehner should call members of the house back to washington today. he shouldn't have let them go in fact. they are not here. they are not here. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> harris: a spokesman for john boehner fired back "senator reid should talk less and legislate more." and senate minority leader mcconnell saying we should have worked all this out months ago. >> and republicans aren't about to write a blank check or anything senate democrats put forward just because we find ourselves at the edge of t
is that the president basically told john boehner and mitch mcconnell the republican leaders in the room here for this meeting that he wants an up or down vote on his scaled back bill to try to avoid this fiscal cliff. and he basically turned on them and said so what's your response? what's your move? the next move is yours. and then i'm told that mitch mcconnell and harry reid, the democratic leader in the senate jumped in before john boehner really got a chance to fully respond and say, look, we will take the ball and try to pass a bipartisan bill in the senate. the president responded by saying i will give you a day or two but we're running out of time. if you don't get it done in the senate. i want an up or down vote. then he came out and addressed reporters in the briefing room it is clear that the president is only cautiously optimistic that this is going to take a look. take a listen. >> it if there are disagreements they sort through the disagreements. the notion that our elected leadership can't do the same thing is mind boggling to them. it needs to stop. i'm moderately optimistic t
with mitch mcconnell. still there are senate democrats some of them who say this tax plan favors the rich. >> if we're going to have some kind of a deal, the deal must be one that really does favor the middle class. the real middle class. those that are making 30, 50, $70,000 a year. that's the real middle class newark. -- america. as i see this thing developing, quite frankly, as i have said before, no deal is better than a bad deal and this looks like a very bad deal the way this is shaping up. >> some other senate democrats we have spoken to here on capitol hill say, look, it's not everything we wanted but it's a good enough compromise we should move forward with it senate republicans, especially in leadership say look, we have struck a deal with the white house and vice president joe biden here, we should vote on this tax part tonight. trace? >> trace: rich edson live for us on capitol hill. thank you. as lawmakers continue working on a compromise, much of the nation getting ready to watch the ball drop in times square. and security in new york city as tight as a drum. a few hours ago
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